The term ‘kerb appeal’ refers to how attractive a property looks when viewed from the street.
You can evaluate your own home in this regard by stepping out and observing the front as someone who hasn’t seen it before. While you’re there, take a few pictures for future reference. It’s also wise to seek a second opinion from an honest friend with good taste in design. This may help you answer the following questions about your property:
- Are there any parts that clearly require work?
- Does anything stand out in a bad way?
- How convenient is the access?
- Is it easy to find?
- Is it welcoming?
The importance of kerb appeal cannot be understated – especially if you’re planning to sell. A pretty facade demands a premium price, and your neighbours stand to enjoy the spill over value.
Plus, investing in your kerb appeal is worthwhile for the practical and visual benefits alone. The right upgrades can vastly improve your quality of life, not to mention your bottom line.
So, where should you start? Here are 5 recommendations that every homeowner can consider.
Address Your Number
When the GPS fails to pinpoint an exact destination, the last thing anyone wants to look for is an unmarked house. This can be particularly troublesome for guests that you invite over for dinner. If your house numbers are missing, blocked or otherwise difficult to identify, it’s probably time for an update.
Make sure to choose an attractive set that complements the architectural style and paint colour of your property. Just remember that the numbers should be legible and quickly spotted from outside.
Pave the Way
How do you reach the front door? Perhaps you walk over an old brick pathway. Maybe it involves traversing a jungle of overgrown foliage.
In any case, keep in mind that damaged or unmaintained surfaces are as dangerous as they are unsightly. Loose bricks, tiles or pavers can also hurt your property value. The absence of any path or entryway isn’t helpful, either. Before your visitors cut through the lawn or dislodge another brick, explore your options for lining a cleaner and clearer path.
Install an Awning
As you assess your home, think about how it’s affected by different weather. Awnings present an opportunity to tackle any potential concerns when it comes to protecting against the elements. For example, you may use a patio awning to prevent rainfall over your entertainment area or purchase garden awnings to shade the deck in summer.
You can find a range of bespoke awnings for sale on the Nationwide website. From self-cleaning patio awnings with UV protection to retractable awnings that don’t get in the way, each product is fitted by qualified experts and supported by an extensive 5-year guarantee. Look into an electric awning for an added touch of convenience.
If you end up with cables or electrical fixtures in view, a simple paint job can stop them from sticking out.
Elevate the Entry
The front entrance is likely a major focal point of your property. It’s the first element that visitors interact with and sets the stage for everything that follows.
Begin with the door. When last did you repaint or replace it? An unsuitable colour or visible wear and tear suggest that it’s time for an upgrade. Depending on the material, you might only need to apply a fresh coat of paint. The good news is that even a full door replacement to match the rest of your architecture is an easy DIY job.
If your property sports a front porch, be sure to treat it with the same level of care. This could mean a repaint, repairs or some basic cleaning. You can make your entrance more comfortable and welcoming by incorporating:
- Container plants
- Light fixtures
- Outdoor pillows
- Seating and tables
While it’s no secret that the cost of repainting one door is a far cry from that of your exterior walls, the latter change can have a transformative effect on your kerb appeal.
Think about when the walls were last painted. Are you satisfied with the colour? If you plan on selling in the near future, it makes sense to choose a paint that homebuyers typically gravitate towards. Both modern and traditional-looking houses pair well with lighter neutral colours such as beige, grey and pops of white.
Many would-be property owners prefer light or navy-blue exterior paint, while homes that are surrounded by dark green foliage sell fastest in warm earth tones including soft brown and taupe.
If you’ve tackled all of these tasks but still see room for improvement, worry not as there are countless other ways to enhance your kerb appeal. From light and landscaping to garages and gutters, just give your property a good look and think about what might add value.